CN102292687A - Providing power to an accessory during portable computing device hibernation - Google Patents

Providing power to an accessory during portable computing device hibernation Download PDF

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CN102292687A
CN102292687A CN2010800013073A CN201080001307A CN102292687A CN 102292687 A CN102292687 A CN 102292687A CN 2010800013073 A CN2010800013073 A CN 2010800013073A CN 201080001307 A CN201080001307 A CN 201080001307A CN 102292687 A CN102292687 A CN 102292687A
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罗伯特·沃什
杰夫·泰利兹
贾汉·米诺
劳伦斯·G·波尔顿
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Abstract

A portable computing device (PCD) can selectively supply power to an accessory during PCD hibernation. In some embodiments, the PCD's default behavior is to disable accessory power output during hibernation, and this default behavior can be overridden in response to a request from a connected accessory. The accessory can use the power supplied during PCD hibernation to detect user input (or other) events and wake the PCD from hibernation in response to a detected event. Some accessories can wake the PCD by emulating accessory detachment and reattachment.

Description

Be the utility appliance power supply between rest period at portable computing device

The cross reference of related application

The application requires the U.S. Provisional Application No.61/292 that is entitled as " is the utility appliance power supply between rest period at portable computing device " (Providing Power to an Accessory During Portable Computing Device Hibernation) of submission on January 6th, 2010,626 right of priority is incorporated by reference in this text its disclosed content and examines.

Technical field

The present invention relates generally to the portable computing device mutual, especially, relate at portable computing device and between rest period electric power is offered utility appliance from portable set with utility appliance.

Background technology

In recent years, many portable computing devices (PCD) are developed.The example of PCD comprises the portable navigation unit of portable electronic device, mobile phone, PDA(Personal Digital Assistant), portable email equipment, video game machine, dependence GPS (GPS) satellite data and multifunctional equipment that can integrated multiple function (for example media store and broadcast, mobile phone, access to the Internet, Email, personal information management, game machine, GPS/ navigation feature or the like).The example of multi-functional PCD comprises the iPhone by the various models of Apple (the application's assignee) produce and market And iPod , and other manufacturer and dealer at they other portable electric appts of produce and market under the brand name separately.

Battery in the common slave unit of PCDs obtains the operation electric energy.Because battery only can provide limited energy before needs recharge and replace, so PCD uses various power-saving technologies usually with extending battery life.In a kind of such technology, PCD can be designed to be transformed into " dormancy " pattern, some of them apparatus assembly, assembly (for example display, primary processor or the like) outage that for example consumes the considerable part energy.Other assembly of PCD can continue to receive electric energy between rest period, and these assemblies generate and wake incident or wake event signal, electric energy is returned to the assembly of outage in response to this.Therefore, for example the user can push button on the PCD to wake it from dormancy, and perhaps PCD can respond incoming call and wake oneself automatically from dormancy.

Frequent and other electronic equipment of PCD is called " utility appliance " butt joint herein.For example, the user can be docked PCD every now and then with synchronized multimedia content and/or metadata, personal data or the like with personal computer.The user can be At All Other Times with same PCD and other electronic equipment, for example vehicle media system, loudspeaker docking station or the like butt joint.Some utility appliance can be powered to PCD from external source, for example are PCD battery recharge or as the operation electric energy, and also can be used to from the electric energy of external source for they own operations.Other utility appliance is drawn their operation electric energy from PCD.

Summary of the invention

Some embodiment of the present invention relate to can PCD between rest period optionally to the PCD of utility appliance power supply.In certain embodiments, the default behavior of PCD is forbidding utility appliance electric energy output between rest period, can this default behavior of override (override) from the request of the utility appliance that links to each other but be in response to.Utility appliance can be utilized electric energy detection user's input that PCD provides between rest period or other incident and in response to detected incident PCD be waken from dormancy.Utility appliance can be for example by the simulation utility appliance physically separation and reconnect, wake PCD.

One aspect of the present invention relates to utility appliance and the method for operating thereof that is used for portable computing device.For example, utility appliance can connect with portable computing device and be connected from portable computing device reception operation electric energy via this.This utility appliance can be notified portable computing device: when portable computing device was in park mode, utility appliance should receive electric energy from portable computing device.When the portable computing device dormancy, this utility appliance can continue to receive electric energy from portable computing device.Utility appliance can detect " utility appliance incident " (for example user's input should cause waking any other incident or the situation of portable computing device), can send signal to portable computing device in response to this incident utility appliance, it is waken up from park mode.

For example, utility appliance can comprise that I/O (I/O) interface is coupled to the controller of this I/O interface, and this I/O interface configuration is for being connected to portable computing device, and receives electric energy from portable computing device.Controller can be configured to portable computing device transmission request and receives electric energy with the request utility appliance when portable computing device is in park mode, receive the notice that the indication portable computing device is just entering park mode from portable computing device, determine that portable computing device should wake up from park mode, and should be waken and generate in response to definite portable computing device and wake event signal.For example the I/O interface can comprise and wakes event generating, and controller can be configured to control and wakes event generating and wake event signal with generation.In certain embodiments, waking event signal can simulate the separation of utility appliance and reconnect; In other embodiments, can use other to wake event signal.

In certain embodiments, portable computing device can have multiple park mode, and utility appliance can ask to receive the dormancy electric energy in these any or all patterns.In addition, in certain embodiments, utility appliance also can be for the dormancy electric energy of given sleep-mode request specified level.

Another aspect of the present invention relates to portable computing device and method of operating thereof.For example, portable computing device can connect with utility appliance and provide electric energy to utility appliance, for example via power pins.Portable computing device can determine whether utility appliance asks the dormancy electric energy.When portable computing device entered park mode, if utility appliance request dormancy electric energy, it can continue to provide electric energy to utility appliance, if perhaps utility appliance is not asked the dormancy electric energy, it can stop to provide electric energy to utility appliance.

For example, portable computing device can comprise processor, is coupled to processor and is configured to be connected to utility appliance I/O (I/O) interface of utility appliance and be configured to the electric energy from power supply is sent to the power supervisor of utility appliance I/O interface ﹠ processor.Power supervisor can further be configured to enter park mode and turn back to normal operation mode from park mode.Processor can be configured to indicate power supervisor to offer utility appliance by utility appliance I/O interface from the electric energy of power supply, also is configured to by the request to dormancy electric energy of utility appliance I/O interface reception from utility appliance.In response to this request, under park mode, processor can indicate power supervisor to continue to provide electric energy to utility appliance.Power supervisor can further be configured, so that after entering park mode, interrupts providing electric energy to utility appliance, unless receive the indication that continues to offer the utility appliance electric energy before entering park mode.

The better understanding that will provide characteristics of the present invention and advantage is provided in detail below in conjunction with accompanying drawing.

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Fig. 1 is the front view of the portable computing device (PCD) according to the embodiment of the invention.

Fig. 2 A and 2B are respectively front perspective view and the side views according to the docking station that is used for PCD of the embodiment of the invention.

Fig. 3 is the side view according to the PCD that docks with docking station of the embodiment of the invention.

Fig. 4 is the brief block diagram according to the system of the PCD that is connected to utility appliance comprising of the embodiment of the invention.

Fig. 5 be according to listing of the embodiment of the invention tabulation of the power management command that can provide.

Concise and to the point connection layout according to the connection that can provide between utility appliance and PCD of the embodiment of the invention is provided Fig. 6.

Fig. 7 is the brief block diagram of waking event generating that is used for utility appliance according to the embodiment of the invention.

Fig. 8 is the process flow diagram according to the power management process that can realize in PCD of the embodiment of the invention.

Fig. 9 is the process flow diagram according to the processing that can realize in utility appliance of the embodiment of the invention.

Figure 10 is the process flow diagram according to the power management process that can realize in PCD of the embodiment of the invention.

Figure 11 is the processing flow chart that is used for operation support device according to the embodiment of the invention.

Figure 12 is the block diagram that is connected to the system of the PCD of two utility appliance in the daisy chain according to comprising of the embodiment of the invention.

Embodiment

Specific embodiment of the present invention relates to the PCD that optionally powers to utility appliance between rest period at PCD.In certain embodiments, the default behavior of PCD is forbidding utility appliance electric energy output between rest period, but this default behavior can be in response to from the request of the utility appliance that is connected and by override.The electric energy detection user that utility appliance can utilize PCD to provide between rest period imports or other incident, and in response to the incident that is detected PCD is waken from dormancy.Utility appliance can be for example by the separation of the physics of simulation utility appliance with reconnect to fetch and wake PCD.

Fig. 1 is the front view of the portable computing device (PCD) 100 according to the embodiment of the invention.PCD100 can have the touch display screen 102 that is centered on by frame 104.Control knob 106 is configured in the frame 104, and for example can be used to PCD 100 is waken from dormancy, makes PCD 100 enter dormancy, or provides other to input to PCD 100.

PCD 100 can have the connector 108 of recessed its bottom surface, allows PCD 100 to be connected to utility appliance.Connector 108 can comprise that a plurality of pins are with power supply, analog and digital signal between the utility appliance of carrying PCD 100 and being connected.In one embodiment, connector 108 can be embodied as the butt connector of 30 pins, and it is used in the existing iPod that is sold by Apple (the application's assignee) And iPhone In the product.In certain embodiments, in the shell of connector 108 recessed PCD 100, and be called " socket " connector.Also can use other connector.

Shown in embolus 110, PCD 100 can have power supervisor 112 and battery 114 to be provided for the electric energy of PCD 100 operations.Power supervisor 112 can provide electric energy to each assembly of PCD 100 with provide electric energy to the utility appliance that is connected via connector 108.Power supervisor 112 can be configured in (after for example enough long inactive state) under the multiple condition, allows PCD 100 to enter dormancy (economize on electricity just) pattern, thus the operation life that prolongs battery 114.As described below, power supervisor 112 also can be controlled when PCD 100 enters park mode, and whether continue provides electric energy via connector 108 to utility appliance.

In an illustrated embodiment, PCD 100 has for example flat computer of 10 inches display screens.In other embodiments, PCD 100 can have variform factor (form factor) and configuration, for example smart phone, personal digital assistant, media player, portable network browser or the like.

Fig. 2 A and 2B are respectively front perspective view and the side views according to the docking station that is used for PCD 100 200 of the embodiment of the invention.Docking station 200 has base portion 202, keyboard 204, PCD connector 206 and utility appliance connector 208.

Base portion 202 can comprise that electronic package and mechanical ballast are so that docking station 200 is stable.Keyboard 204 can comprise traditional qwerty keyboard, numeric keypad and/or other user's input control.Keyboard 204 can machinery and is electrically coupled to base portion 202, allows key information to pass to PCD 100 via for example PCD connector 206.

PCD connector 206 can be designed to cooperate with the connector 108 of PCD 100 among Fig. 1.For example PCD connector 206 can be socket connector 108 " plug " accessory, stretches out from base portion 202.

Utility appliance connector 208 shown in Fig. 2 B can be identical with the connector 108 of PCD 100 among Fig. 1, and allow other utility appliance to be connected to docking station 200.In this configuration, any utility appliance with connector of the connector 108 that can be connected to PCD 100 also can be connected to the utility appliance connector 208 of docking station 200.Though utilize complementary PCD connector 206 and utility appliance connector 208 optional, this allow another utility appliance directly (by being connected to connector 108) or indirectly (by when connector 206 is connected to PCD 100, being connected to utility appliance connector 208) be connected to PCD 100.

In certain embodiments, docking station 200 needn't have its oneself power supply.Alternatively, can give docking station 200 with supply of electrical energy by another equipment by being connected to utility appliance connector 208, perhaps docking station 200 can draw electric energy from the PCD that is connected via connector 206.

Fig. 3 is the side view according to the PCD 100 that docks with docking station 200 of the embodiment of the invention.The connector 108 of PCD100 cooperates with the connector 206 of docking station 200, and the electrical connection of permission at two exchanged between equipment electric energy, data and other signals is provided.Therefore, for example, docking station 200 can draw the operation electric energy from PCD 100.As described below, in certain embodiments, when PCD 100 dormancy, docking station 200 can draw the operation electric energy from PCD 100; PCD100 can be somebody's turn to do " dormancy electric energy " in response to supplying with to docking station 200 from the request of docking station 200.

Should be appreciated that equipment described herein and configuration are illustrative, it is possible changing and revising.For example, as mentioned above, the individual that term PCD refers generally to can be easily to be carried by the user calculates and/or the big class of communication facilities, and is not limited to any specific modality factor or performance combination.

Keyboard docking station described herein only is to work in coordination with one of numerous utility appliance of using with PCD.For example, another utility appliance can be provided for such as flash memory (for example safe digital card or " SD " card; The read write line of and so on mobile memory medium usb driver), or optical medium (for example CD or DVD), and PCD can be operated to instruct utility appliance to write data from the storage medium reading of data and/or to storage medium.Utility appliance can provide output device for example loudspeaker and/or display screen, allows the user to browse by utility appliance and/or listens to content from PCD.Also can provide the printer utility appliance to be used for document printing or other data under the control of PCD.Other utility appliance can provide the function of enhancing, for example can be by radio frequency (RF) tuner or the transmitter of PCD control, and the remote user interface of control PCD can be by the camera of PCD control or video camera or the like.Some utility appliance can provide multiple function (for example keyboard adds storage medium card reader/register) in individual equipment.

In addition, directly be connected with utility appliance 200, can connect indirectly equally although Fig. 3 shows PCD 100.For example, PCD 100 can use cable to be connected with utility appliance 200, and an end of this cable provides the connector with connector 108 complementations, and the other end provides the connector with connector 206 complementations.Under the situation of using cable, connector 108 and 206 needn't be complimentary to one another, because cable can be as the adapter between different shape factor and/or the pin configuration.

Fig. 4 is the brief block diagram according to the system 400 that comprises PCD 402 and utility appliance 404 of the embodiment of the invention.In this embodiment, PCD 402 (for example having realized the PCD 100 among Fig. 1) can provide calculating, communication and/or media-playback function.PCD 402 can comprise processor 410, memory device 412, user interface 414, power supervisor 416, network interface 418, utility appliance I/O (I/O) interface 420 and battery 422.PCD 402 can comprise that also other assembly (obviously not illustrating) strengthens the property to provide various.

Memory device 412 for example can utilize disk, flash memory or any other non-volatile memory medium to realize.In certain embodiments, memory device 412 can be stored the media content (for example audio frequency, video, rest image or similar content) that can be play by PCD 402.Memory device 412 also can be stored out of Memory, for example: customer contact mode (name, address, telephone number or the like); The appointment and the incident of plan; Notes; And/or other personal information.In certain embodiments, memory device 412 can be stored one or more application programs (for example video game program, personal information manager, media-playback program or the like) of being carried out by processor 410.

User interface 414 can comprise input equipment (for example touch pad, touch-screen, roller, some striking wheel, dial (of a telephone), button, switch, keypad, microphone or similar devices) and output device (for example video display screen, pilot lamp, loudspeaker, receiver J-Horner or similar devices), and supports electronic equipment (for example digital-to-analogue or analog to digital converter, signal processor or similar devices).The input equipment of user-operable user interface 414 to be calling the function of PCD 402, and can check and/or listen to output from PCD402 via the output device of user interface 414.

Processor 410 can be embodied as one or more integrated circuit (for example traditional microprocessor or microcontroller), and it can control the operation of PCD 402.In various embodiments, processor 404 can be carried out various programs in response to program code, and safeguards the program or the process of a plurality of concurrent execution.In any given time, the some or all of program codes that will carry out can reside in the processor 410 and/or for example in the storage medium of memory device 412 and so on.

By appropriate programming, processor 410 can provide the various functions of PCD 402.For example, the user input signal that provides in response to user interface 414, processor 410 can be in response to user's input operation database engine navigating to the database that is stored in the media asset (media asset) in the memory device 412, and show the tabulation of selected assets.Processor 410 can respond the selection of user to assets (or a plurality of assets) by transmitting assets information to the playback engine of being operated by processor 410 equally, thereby allows the playing media content.Processor 410 also can be carried out other program other function with control PCD 402, comprises the application program that can be stored in the memory device 412.

Power supervisor 416 provides power management function for PCD 402.For example, power supervisor 416 can be passed to utility appliance I/O interface 420 with the electric energy of battery 422 via line 417, and other assembly (power supply connects not shown) of passing to PCD402.Power supervisor 416 also can receive electric energy via utility appliance I/O interface 420 and line 419, and the electric energy that receives is sent to each assembly of PCD 402; The electric energy that receives via utility appliance I/O interface 420 also can be sent to battery 422, thereby allows battery 422 to recharge via utility appliance I/O interface 420.As directed, power supervisor 416 also can send electric energy to utility appliance I/O interface 420 via line 417, allows PCD 402 to provide electric energy to the utility appliance that connects.In certain embodiments, power supervisor 416 can use the able to programme or may command circuit that the control signal that generates moved in response to processor 410 responds the program code of carrying out thereon to realize, or realizes as independent microprocessor or microcontroller.

Power supervisor 416 also controllable power branch is equipped with the park mode of realizing PCD 402.As used herein, " dormancy " refer generally to operational mode (or state) by the reduction power that optionally some assemblies outage of PCD is entered.Between rest period, but some assembly retaining parts of power supervisor 416 and PCD 402 or all runnings allow PCD 402 to wake up from dormancy.Between rest period, user and PCD 402 mutual functions can be limited.For example, between rest period, display screen may be closed, and some user's input controls (for example touch-screen) can be disabled.One or more user's input controls (for example button) can keep normal use, and the operation of these controls can send signal to wake up and to return normal operation to PCD 402 between rest period from dormancy.

Power supervisor 416 also can provide other power management function, for example based on the source of available electrical energy and the power consumption of other assembly of amount adjusting PCD 402, electric energy stored in the monitoring battery, and if electric energy stored drop to and be lower than minimum level then generate user alarm, or the like.

Network interface 418 can offer PCD 402 voice and/or data communication function.Network interface 418 can comprise radio frequency (RF) transceiver module in certain embodiments, in order to visit wireless speech and/or data network (for example utilizing cellular telephony, high-level data network technology for example 3G or EDGE, WiFi (IEEE 802.11 family's standards) or other communication technology or its combination in any), gps receiver assembly and/or other assembly.In certain embodiments, network interface 418 can provide spider lines connection (for example Ethernet) and replenish or replace wave point.Network interface 418 can utilize the combination of hardware (for example antenna, modulator/demodulator, encoder/decoder and other simulation and/or digital signal processing circuit) and component software to realize.

Utility appliance I/O interface 420 can allow PCD 402 to communicate by letter with various utility appliance.For example, utility appliance I/O interface 420 can support to be connected to computing machine, external keyboard (for example going out as shown in Figure 2), loudspeaker docking station or media-playback station, digital camera, radio tuner (for example FM, AM and/or satellite), vehicle entertainment system, external video equipment, memory card reader or the like.In certain embodiments, utility appliance I/O interface 420 can comprise connector, for example corresponding to iPhone And iPod The 30 stitch connectors that use in the product, and support circuit.Connector can provide power supply to be connected with ground connection and various wired communication interface, for example USB (universal serial bus) (USB), live wire (IEEE 1394 standards) and/or universal asynchronous receiver (UART).Connector also can provide the connection of audio frequency and/or vision signal, and it can be simulated and/or digital format is sent to PCD 402 or transmits from PCD 402.Therefore, utility appliance I/O interface 420 can be supported many communication ports, and given utility appliance can be used arbitrarily or all these passages.

Utility appliance I/O interface 420 can comprise can detect the sensor 424 whether utility appliance is connected to utility appliance I/O interface 420.For example, the special pin that sensor 424 can detect the connector of utility appliance I/O interface 420 is ground connection or floats that this pin ground connection can indicate and have utility appliance.In certain embodiments, when having connected resistance, but sensor 424 measured resistance value.Resistance value can indicate the type of the utility appliance of connection, and sensor 424 can send power supervisor 416 to, processor 410, and/or other assembly of PCD 402 with resistance value (or from the definite utility appliance type information of resistance value).In certain embodiments, whether power supervisor 416 can utilize this information for example to determine the electric energy of battery or give other assembly of PCD 402 from the power distribution that utility appliance I/O interface 420 receives, whether utilize the electric energy that provides via utility appliance I/O interface 420 that battery 422 is charged, whether send electric energy to utility appliance I/O interface 420 or the like.In certain embodiments, sensor 424 can keep between rest period activating at PCD, and the generation signal gives power supervisor 416 to wake PCD402 when the new connection that detects utility appliance.

Utility appliance 404 (for example having realized docking station 200 among Fig. 2) can comprise controller 430, user input device 432, power distribution module 434 and PCD I/O interface 436.Utility appliance 404 representative can with the big class of the utility appliance of PCD interoperability, such utility appliance can significantly change on performance, complexity and form factor.Various utility appliance can comprise unshowned assembly among Fig. 4, include but not limited to have the memory device (disk, flash memory etc.) of fixing or movable storage medium; Video screen, loudspeaker or be used to be connected to the port of external audio/video equipment; Photomoduel, for example camera lens, imageing sensor and be used for its control (for example aperture, zoom, time shutter, frame rate or the like); The microphone that is used for record audio (independent or relevant) with video recording, or the like.In addition, some utility appliance can provide the other interface that can be connected with another utility appliance and communicate by letter.Have the application number of having submitted to on January 6th, 2010 that some examples of the utility appliance of other interface await the reply at the same time and be in 61/292,619 the U.S. Provisional Patent Application and describe.

Controller 430 can comprise that executive routine code for example is to carry out the microprocessor or the microcontroller of the various functions relevant with utility appliance 404.For example, when utility appliance 404 had merged keyboard (for example as shown in Fig. 2 A), controller 430 soluble keyboard inputs also sent corresponding information to PCD 402.

The control that user input device 432 can comprise user-operable is touch pad, touch-screen, roller, some striking wheel, dial (of a telephone), button, switch, keyboard, keypad, microphone or similar devices for example.The control of user-operable user input device 432 to be calling the function of utility appliance 404, and such function can comprise communicating by letter of exchange control signal, data or other and PCD 402, as described below.

Power distribution module 434 can provide the assembly of electric energy to utility appliance 404, for example gives controller 430 (by line 435 indications) and user input device 432 (by line 437 indications).In certain embodiments, power distribution module 434 can receive electric energy via PCD I/O interface 436 (by line 439 indications).In addition, in certain embodiments, utility appliance 404 can be connected to external power source via power port 440, and also can offer power distribution module 434 (by line 441 indications) from the electric energy of port 440.Power distribution module 434 can comprise steering logic, and this steering logic is based on the power available in preset time, determines from PCD 402 still to be that power port 440 draws the operation electric energy for utility appliance 404.In addition, power distribution module 434 can be configured to electric energy is sent to PCD I/O interface 436 (by line 443 indications) from power port 440, is battery 422 chargings when being connected to utility appliance 404 thereby allow PCD 402.In certain embodiments, utility appliance 404 is drawn the operation electric energy from PCD 402 when can provide rechargeable electrical energy to PCD 402 on independent path.

PCD I/O interface 436 can allow utility appliance 404 and PCD 402 to communicate.According to some embodiments of the present invention, PCD I/O interface 436 can comprise the connector that connector direct and in the PCD 402 cooperates, for example with various iPhone And iPod 30 pin connectors of the connector complementation of using in the product.Such connector can be used for receiving electric energy to PCD 402 power supplies and/or from PCD 402, be used to send and/or receive the audio frequency and/or the vision signal of simulation and/or digital format, and be used to utilize various standard interfaces (for example USB, UART and/or live wire) to carry out information communication.Also can use other connector, for example, PCD I/O interface 436 can comprise the standard USB connector, and can be connected to the utility appliance I/O interface 420 of PCD 402 via adapter cable.In other embodiments, PCD I/O interface 436 can comprise the radio communication (for example utilizing bluetooth) with utility appliance I/O interface 420.

PCD I/O interface 436 can comprise can generate pass to PCD 402 wake event signal wake event generating 438.Any signal that PCD in the dormancy can be waken can be as waking event signal.For example, as mentioned above, PCD 402 can be configured under utility appliance is connected to the condition of utility appliance I/O interface 420 and wakes up from dormancy.Therefore, wake that event generating 438 can disconnect and being connected of the connector pinout of closed and PCDI/O interface 436, connected utility appliance with simulation.

Utility appliance 404 can be any electronic equipment mutual with PCD 402, includes but not limited to the keyboard docking station 200 shown in Fig. 2.In certain embodiments, utility appliance 404 can provide the Long-distance Control to the operation of PCD 402, or the remote user interface that can comprise input and output control (for example display screen) is provided.Any function of utility appliance 404 may command PCD 402 in various embodiments, and also can receive from the media content of PCD 402 and with these contents and (for example present to the user, according to the type of media content, by audio tweeter and/or video display screen curtain).In other embodiments, the operation of PCD 402 may command utility appliance 404 is for example retrieved the data of being stored from the storage medium of utility appliance 404, starts image capture operation of being undertaken by the camera that is included in the utility appliance 404 or the like.

Should recognize that system configuration described herein and assembly are exemplary, and may change and revise.PCD and/or utility appliance can have not specifically described other function (for example mobile phone, GPS (GPS), broadband data communication, the Internet connect or the like) herein.

Connector on the I/O separately of PCD and utility appliance interface as required and the yes or no complementation.Under the not complementary situation of two connectors, can provide adapter to connect two equipment.Although described herein connector may have pin, pin is the term of the conditional electronic equipment of general and the lead with coupling assembling, should be appreciated that other signal path (for example light signal) is alternative use.In addition, in certain embodiments, some connections can be wireless, and connector can omit when wave point is provided.

In addition,, be to be understood that these block diagrams of definition are for convenience of description though described PCD and utility appliance at this with reference to concrete block diagram, rather than the concrete physical configuration of intention hint components.In addition, block diagram needn't be corresponding to assemblies different on the entity.Block diagram can be configured to carries out various operations, for example by to the processor programming or suitable control circuit is provided, and depends on how to obtain initial configuration, may maybe needn't reconfigure each block diagram.Embodiments of the invention can be implemented in and comprise the combination in any of utilizing circuit and software and in the various devices of the electronic equipment of realizing.

The PCD I/O interface 436 of the utility appliance I/O interface 420 of PCD 402 and utility appliance 404 allows PCD 402 to be connected with utility appliance 404, and disconnects connection from utility appliance 404 subsequently.As used herein, PCD is " connection " with utility appliance, as long as set up communication channel between their interfaces separately; When channel stopped, PCD " disconnected and being connected " with utility appliance.Such connection can connect realization via direct physical, for example with the connector that cooperatively interacts; Realize by non-direct physical connection, for example via cable; And/or by the wireless connections realization, for example via bluetooth.

In certain embodiments, when when realizing being connected according to PCD utility appliance agreement (being also referred to as " utility appliance agreement " herein) exchange instruction and data, PCD and utility appliance can communicate.Any wired or wireless transmission medium that provides by the corresponding interface for example is provided, can transfer instruction and data.

The utility appliance protocol definition form of the message that between PCD 402 and coupled any utility appliance (for example utility appliance 404), exchanges.For example, the utility appliance agreement can specify each message (being also referred to as instruction herein) to send in the grouping with header and optional useful load.Header provides essential information (for example the length of start indicator, grouping and being used to is discerned the instruction code of the instruction of being handled by the recipient), and this useful load provides the arbitrary data that and instruction is associated simultaneously; For different instructions, the data volume that is associated can be different, and some instructions are applicable to the useful load of variable-length.In certain embodiments, can defined instruction so that any specific instruction code only is effective in one direction.Grouping also can comprise error-detecting well known in the art or error correcting code.

Utility appliance agreement definable multiple " rule " (lingo), wherein " rule " is can be by one group of instruction that is associated of all kinds of utility appliance supports (or not supporting).In one embodiment, instruction code can comprise first byte of the affiliated rule of sign instruction, and second byte of concrete instruction in the mark rule.Other order structure also can be used.Do not require that attachable all PCD of all utility appliance or a utility appliance support each rule that defines in the utility appliance agreement.

In certain embodiments, use each utility appliance 404 of utility appliance agreement and " generally " rule that each PCD 402 supports to comprise the instruction that is common to PCD and all utility appliance at least.General rule can comprise, and PCD and utility appliance identification and authentication and provide about they instructions of the general information of ability separately mutually are provided, and described ability comprises which (if any) Else Rule of their each self-supportings.General rule can comprise that also PCD can be used for checking the identity that utility appliance claims and the authentication instruction of ability (or vice versa), and if authentication unsuccessful then can stop utility appliance (or PCD) to call specific (or all) instruction or rule.

PCD utility appliance agreement also can comprise various Else Rules, for example allows utility appliance to send the simple long-range rule of the instruction of indicating the PCD function that will call; The remote user interface rule that can be used for move instruction and data, wherein instruction and data relates to all or part of user interface (thereby supporting more senior Long-distance Control) that duplicates PCD on utility appliance; Allow the user by operating the tuner rule that PCD controls the tuner utility appliance and/or controls the tuner among the PCD by operation support device; Allow utility appliance on PCD, to store the storage rule of data, or the like.Any rule or principle combinations or other instruction or instruction group can be included in the utility appliance agreement.

In certain embodiments, the utility appliance agreement can comprise the instruction relevant with power management.Fig. 5 is the table 500 of listing the power management instruction that provides according to the embodiment of the invention.

The HibPowerRequest instruction can send to PCD 402 from utility appliance 404, to ask PCD402 to provide electric energy to utility appliance 404 between rest period at PCD.(being called " dormancy electric energy " herein) at the PCD electric energy that PCD offers utility appliance between rest period.In certain embodiments, can incorporate in the recognition instruction, indicate its identity and preference to PCD 402 thereby utility appliance 404 can send this recognition instruction to the request of dormancy electric energy.In certain embodiments, can ask or do not ask the dormancy electric energy, and useful load is optional; PCD 402 can never infer and should not provide the dormancy electric energy to utility appliance the request of dormancy electric energy.

In other embodiments, utility appliance 404 can be specified the dormancy power level of expectation, and it can be for example low than normal operation electric energy; For example, maximum current can reduce when keeping constant voltage.For example, utility appliance 404 can be obtained between rest period just is enough to generate the electric energy of waking event signal for PCD 402.Therefore, when PCD 402 dormancy utility appliance 404 can be by drawing minimum electric energy saves energy.In other embodiments, PCD between rest period utility appliance 404 can reduce its power consumption simply, and needn't specify the dormancy power level of expectation.In other embodiments, PCD between rest period utility appliance 404 can draw than the normal operation period more electric energy.

In certain embodiments, PCD 402 can support multiple park mode, permission is the optimization power consumption under different condition, and the useful load of HibPowerRequest instruction can comprise that PCD 402 should provide the identifier of one or more particular dormant patterns of dormancy electric energy; In certain embodiments, for example by not identifying AD HOC, transmit electric energy during can being chosen in all park modes.In some embodiment that multiple park mode exists, for example by in the HibPowerRequest instruction, comprising suitable parameter, the power level that utility appliance 404 is can be according to different sleep-mode request different.In certain embodiments, utility appliance can send new HibPowerRequest instruction at any time, to change its preference relevant with the dormancy electric energy.

The HibNotify instruction can be sent to utility appliance 404 from PCD 402, is entering dormancy with notice utility appliance 404:PCD 402.Support among the embodiment of multiple park mode that at PCD 402 useful load of HibNotify instruction comprises the identifier of the concrete park mode that is entering.Under the situation of only supporting a kind of park mode, the useful load of HibNotify instruction can be empty.Utility appliance 404 can be utilized the HibNotify instruction to determine whether to generate and wake event signal.In addition, HibNotify instruction can trigger utility appliance 404 and reduces it self power consumption.

Should recognize that the instruction shown in Fig. 5 is exemplary, variations and modifications are possible.In certain embodiments, can provide instruction to deposit its reception or do not receive the preference that HibNotify instructs to allow utility appliance.In other embodiments, configurable PCD makes the utility appliance of any transmission HibPowerRequest instruction receive HibNotify instruction subsequently, perhaps PCD can send HibNotify simply and instructs and just entering dormancy to the utility appliance of any connection with indication PCD, and utility appliance can be according to its concrete configuration according to instruction action or ignore instruction.In certain embodiments, PCD can send WakeNotify and instructs to the utility appliance that is connected when withdrawing from dormant state; In other embodiments, wake dormancy and can comprise with utility appliance and reconnecting, do not use the WakeNotify instruction in this case.

As mentioned above, each in the PCD I/O interface 436 of the utility appliance I/O interface 420 of PCD 402 and utility appliance 404 all comprises connector, and two connectors can be complementary.Fig. 6 is the concise and to the point connection layout that illustrates according to the available connection between the complementary connector of utility appliance and PCD of the embodiment of the invention.Utility appliance side-connector 604 can be the part of the PCD I/O interface 436 of utility appliance 404 among Fig. 4, and PCD side-connector 602 can be the part of the utility appliance I/O interface 420 of PCD 402 among Fig. 4.In certain embodiments, the feature of PCD side-connector 602 can be incorporated in the connector 108 of Fig. 1 for example, and the feature of utility appliance side-connector 604 can be incorporated in the connector 208 of Fig. 2 B for example.

In this example, PCD side-connector 602 provides a plurality of pins 610.(herein, a plurality of examples of similar object are indicated with the label of sign object and the band bracket numeral of sign example when needed).These pins can comprise a plurality of ground connection (GND) pin 610 (1), 610 (8) and 610 (10); Serial received (RX) and transmission (TX) pin 610 (2), 610 (3) are used for and utility appliance exchange serial protocol signal; V ChgPin 610 (4), it can receive the rechargeable electrical energy V from utility appliance Chg(for example being in 5.0V); V PPin 610 (5), it can provide operation electric energy V P(for example being in 3.3V) gives utility appliance; And utility appliance detects pin 610 (6).Other pin, for example pin 610 (7) and 610 (9) can provide and the incoherent signal of current description, for example usb signal, live wire signal, with numeral and/or analog format be sent to the audio frequency of utility appliance and/or video output signals, from the audio frequency of utility appliance and/or video input signals or the like.In one embodiment, the connector 602 of PCD side can have totally 30 pins; The quantity of pin and scope can change according to demand.In certain embodiments, grounding pin 610 (1), 610 (2), 610 (8), 610 (10) can be longer than other all pins 610, thereby when PCD side-connector 602 and connector 604 cooperates when separating, ground connection connection at first connects, and last the disconnection connects.So configuration can reduce butt joint and take the risk that period P CD electricity damages apart.

Similarly, utility appliance side-connector 604 provides a plurality of pins 612, and it can be electrically connected on the respective pins 610 of PCD side-connector 602.These pins can comprise grounding pin 612 (1), 612 (8), 612 (10); Can exchange the serial TX and the RX pin 612 (2), 612 (3) of serial protocol signal with PCD; Rechargeable electrical energy V can be provided Chg(for example being in 5.0V) gives the V of PCD ChgPin 612 (4); Can receive operation electric energy V from PCD PThe V of (for example being in 3.3V) PPin 612 (5); And utility appliance detects pin 612 (6).Other pin, the signal that for example pin 612 (7) and 612 (9) can provide and current description is irrelevant, for example usb signal, live wire signal, from the audio frequency of the numeral of PCD and/or analog format and/or video input signals, to audio output signal of PCD or the like.In one embodiment, utility appliance side-connector 604 can have totally 30 pins; The quantity of pin and configuration can change according to demand.

PCD side-connector 602 need not have identical form factor or pin number with utility appliance side-connector 604; In this case, can provide adapter to be convenient to connection between connector 602 and 604.In certain embodiments, particular auxiliary device may only be used the subclass of the pin that PCD side-connector 602 provides.For example, if particular auxiliary device does not provide rechargeable electrical energy to PCD, V then ChgPin 612 (8) can disconnect connection.In fact any pin that is not connected to the utility appliance side-connector 604 of utility appliance can suitably be floated or the anti-principal vertical line noise of termination, perhaps can ignore untapped signalling contact simply.

Fig. 6 also shows use can be used for using the technology of PCD being waken in utility appliance pin 610 (6) last sensed signal in one embodiment from dormancy.In this configuration, PCD I/O interface 436 comprises wakes event generating 438, and it can be connected to utility appliance and detect pin 612 (6).In utility appliance I/O interface 420, pin 610 (6) is connected to reference voltage (V for example via pull-up resistor 624 PThough, can use different voltage).

Be in operation, when utility appliance side-connector 604 is connected to PCD side-connector 602, between pin 612 (6) and 610 (6), realize being electrically connected.If wake event generating 438 pin 612 (6) is connected to specific voltage (for example ground connection), then this voltage can be perceived at node 626 by the sensor 434 of PCD 402.If there is not utility appliance to be connected to PCD side-connector 604, then sensor 424 can detect pin 610 (6) and is in floating state, allows PCD 402 to determine not connect utility appliance.The conversion that pin 610 (6) is gone up from the floating state to the specific voltage can detect by sensor 424, and is associated with the utility appliance that is connected.In certain embodiments, sensor 424 can detect this conversion when the PCD dormancy, and can for example begin to wake PCD by sending utility appliance connection signal to power supervisor 416 and/or processor 410.In certain embodiments, sensor 424 also can detect the conversion that pin 610 (6) is gone up from specific voltage to floating state, and can send the utility appliance separation signal to power supervisor 416 and/or processor 410.Some PCD can wake from dormancy when utility appliance connects rather than when utility appliance is separated.

Wake physics that event generating 438 can be designed to simulate utility appliance 402 separately and reconnect.Fig. 7 is the simple block diagram of waking event generating 700 (for example having realized waking event generating 438) according to the embodiment of the invention.Waking event generating comprises and door 702, switch control logic 704 and switch 708.Switch 708 can be coupling between pin 612 (6) and the ground connection 706.Switch control logic 704 can be coupled and in response to from the operation of the control signal of door 702 with gauge tap 708.

In this embodiment, receive two input signals with door 702.Whether the UserEvent signal indication user's incoming event (for example incident of pushing of utility appliance 404 upper keyboards) on the path 710 is detected.PCDHib signal on the path 712 can be indicated the current whether dormancy of the PCD that is connected.If detect user's incoming event when the PCD dormancy, then the output with door 702 enters logic high state, and switch control logic 704 can be by disconnecting and following Closing Switch 708 to respond.When switch 708 was closed once more, sensor 424 (Fig. 6) detected the conversion from the floating state to the ground state on the pin 610 (6), the connection of simulation utility appliance, and it begins PCD is waken from dormancy.In certain embodiments, sensor 434 also can detect the conversion from the ground state to the floating state when switch 708 disconnects, and can begin to wake PCD in response to this conversion.Wake event generating 700 and can comprise that other steering logic is to avoid the switching that repeats of switch 708.

It is exemplary should recognizing the configuration of connector described herein and wake event generator, and variations and modifications are possible.Can replace the varying number and/or the configuration of pin.The form factor of connector also can change.Draw electric energy or transmission electric energy according to utility appliance, different utility appliance can be connected to a power pins or another, and needn't (but can) be connected to both.In other embodiments, a power pins can be operated by twocouese, and PCD can receive or supply electric energy on that pin simultaneously.

In some embodiment of foregoing description, wake event generating simulation utility appliance separately and reconnect, this depends on PCD and is configured to wake from dormancy automatically when utility appliance connects.Other embodiment that wakes event generating also is possible.For example the connector of utility appliance side and PCD side can comprise special signal pins, utility appliance can send and wake event signal thereon, and wake event generating and can be configured on this special signal pins to produce and wake event signal, condition is to detect user's incoming event when the PCD dormancy.In such embodiment, connector can comprise by utility appliance and be used for sending to PCD the interrupt pin of signal interruption, and PCD can be configured to when receiving look-at-me and wakes from dormancy.Therefore, utility appliance can be waken PCD by generating look-at-me.As another embodiment, PCD 402 can be configured between rest period monitoring serial RX pin 610 (2) receiving the communication from utility appliance 404, and if the communication that detects reception just from dormancy, wake.In such embodiments, utility appliance 404 can send WakePCD instruction and comprise information instruction about user's incoming event to wake PCD or transmission, and it can wake aftertreatment by PCD 402 from dormancy.

Fig. 8 is that attainable power management is handled 800 process flow diagram among the PCD (for example PCD 400) according to the embodiment of the invention.At frame 802, PCD 400 can be established to the connection of utility appliance (for example utility appliance 404).Except that physical connection, frame 802 can comprise that also the information that the information that will set up utility appliance 404 identity is sent to PCD 402 and/or will sets up PCD 402 identity is sent to utility appliance 404.At frame 804, PCD 402 can determine whether utility appliance 404 asks the dormancy electric energy, and for example whether utility appliance 404 has sent the HibPowerRequest instruction.Sometime, PCD 402 can be transformed into park mode, shown in frame of broken lines 806.During being transformed into park mode, if at frame 808 utility appliance 404 request dormancy electric energy, then PCD 402 can continue to provide electric energy to utility appliance 404 (frame 810); Otherwise PCD 402 can stop to provide electric energy to utility appliance 404 (frame 812).In certain embodiments, PCD 402 also can be for example by sending HibNotify instruction notification utility appliance 404 following contents, and promptly PCD 402 is just entering dormancy.PCD 402 subsequently can be in response to waking from dormancy from the event signal of waking of utility appliance 404 or other source (for example inner the generation).

Fig. 9 is the process flow diagram of attainable processing 900 in the utility appliance (for example utility appliance 404) according to the embodiment of the invention.At frame 902, utility appliance 404 can be established to the connection of PCD (for example PCD 402).Except that physical connection, frame 902 can comprise that also the information that the information that will set up utility appliance 404 identity is sent to PCD 402 and/or will sets up PCD 402 identity is sent to utility appliance 404.At frame 904, utility appliance 404 can receive the electric energy from PCD 402; In certain embodiments, receive from the electric energy of PCD 402 and can begin during to PCD 402 in utility appliance 404 physical connections.At frame 906, utility appliance 404 can for example be informed PCD 402 by sending the HibPowerRequest instruction: utility appliance 404 should continue to receive electric energy when PCD 402 is in dormant state.At frame 908, PCD 402 can enter park mode; In certain embodiments, can for example use the HibNotify instruction, notice utility appliance 404 when PCD 402 enters park mode.At frame 910, utility appliance 404 can detect the user's incoming event that takes place when PCD 402 is in park mode.At frame 912, utility appliance 404 can send a signal to PCD 402 to wake for example by generating the aforesaid event signal of waking from dormancy.

Can further understand processing 800 and 900 with reference to Figure 10 and Figure 11.Figure 10 is that attainable power management is handled 1000 process flow diagram among the PCD (for example PCD 402 of Fig. 4) according to the embodiment of the invention.Handle 1000 from frame 1002, utility appliance this moment (for example utility appliance 404 of Fig. 4) is connected to PCD402.At frame 1004, PCD 402 is established to the connection of utility appliance 404.Connecting to comprise that utility appliance for example uses the suitable instruction of above-mentioned utility appliance agreement (or a plurality of instruction) to identify himself, and also can comprise authentication process.Authentication can be a cipher; For example, the digital certificate that utility appliance 404 can provide PCD 402 to verify then provides the digital signature by the random string of PCD 402 generations.If sign or failed authentication are then handled 1000 and can be withdrawed from (obviously not illustrating).

At frame 1006, PCD402 determines whether that utility appliance 404 has sent the electric energy instruction, for example above-mentioned HibPowerRequest instruction.In certain embodiments, replenishing or substituting as what HibPowerRequest instructed, utility appliance also can send other electric energy instruction, for example indicates the amount of the required electric energy of utility appliance, whether the utility appliance power requirement can change according to the state of utility appliance or PCD, or the like.HibPowerRequest instruction or the instruction of other electric energy can be incorporated in the utility appliance identification information in the frame 1006, or they can for example transmission respectively authentication completes successfully after.If utility appliance 404 has sent the electric energy instruction really, then at frame 1008, PCD 402 can be based on those instruction configuration power supervisors 416.For example, in response to above-mentioned HibPowerRequest instruction, power supervisor 416 can be indicated on PCD output of the electric energy on the retention wire 417 between rest period.If receive electric energy instruction at frame 1006, then power supervisor 416 can remain on its default configuration, and it can be included in PCD and close power supply output to line 417 between rest period.

At frame 1010, PCD 402 moves with utility appliance 404 with normal (just non-dormancy) pattern.Depend on particular auxiliary device and PCD, the operation of many types can take place.Example comprises that PCD 402 receives users' input (for example comprising key-press event under the keyboard situation in utility appliance 404) and handles the input that receives via utility appliance 404, PCD 402 provides media content or other to export to utility appliance 404, the function of PCD 402 control utility appliance 404, the function of utility appliance 404 control PCD 402, and similar operations.

At frame 1012, PCD 402 determines whether to enter park mode.Park mode can be based on the entering of multiple condition, and frame 1012 can comprise that inspection is to determine whether to meet any of these condition.For example, with reference to figure 1, the user can push one of button 106 on the PCD 100, and PCD 100 enters park mode with indication.As second example, the user's input that offers PCD 402 via utility appliance 404 will cause PCD 402 to enter park mode; For example, utility appliance 404 can have " sleep " key, and it is in order to make PCD 402 enter dormancy when utility appliance 404 notice PCD 402 " sleep " keys have been pressed.As another embodiment, PCD 402 can for example enter park mode after 2 minutes, 5 minutes or 10 minutes automatically in the inertia cycle of appointment.In certain embodiments, the inertia cycle of triggering dormancy can be the optional parameter of user.At frame 1012, if do not meet the condition that enters dormancy, then PCD 402 can continue at frame 1010 with utility appliance 404 operations.

If meet the condition that enters dormancy, then PCD 402 can for example will begin by sending the dormancy of HibNotify instruction notification utility appliance at frame 1014.At frame 1016, power supervisor 416 can will be set to its dormancy level at the electric energy output of line 417, and its acquiescence can be to turn-off.Yet if utility appliance 404 has been asked the dormancy electric energy at frame 1006, the dormancy level can be the non-zero power level.In certain embodiments, the non-zero dormancy power level on the line 417 can be identical with the power level when PCD 402 wakes.In other embodiments, it can be lower power level (for example lower current limit or lower voltage).In certain embodiments, dormancy power level can be set up based on the electric energy instruction that receives from utility appliance at frame 1006.

At frame 1018, but PCD 402 dormancy, and as mentioned above, dormancy can comprise the electric energy of the assembly that is reduced to PCD 402, gives the assembly outage of PCD 402, forbidding internal clocking, or other technology of reduction power consumption.

At frame 1020, PCD 402 determines whether to detect the incident of waking.Multiple incident can cause that PCD 402 wakes up from dormancy.For example, with reference to figure 1, the user can push the button 106 of appointment on the PCD 100 to wake PCD.As another embodiment, if PCD 402 has telephone capability, then it can be configured in response to incoming call and wakes.As another embodiment, if utility appliance is connected, PCD 402 can wake up.For example, with reference to figure 6, when PCD 402 dormancy, sensor 424 can be monitored utility appliance and be detected pin 610 (6) to detect utility appliance connection situation.This allows the utility appliance connected to wake PCD in the dormancy by simulating new connection event.

PCD 402 can continue dormancy at frame 1018, up to detecting the incident of waking at frame 1020.In response to the incident of waking, but the normal electrical energy transfer that normal electric energy is exported (frame 1022) and given other assembly of PCD 402 on PCD 402 enable line 417.In certain embodiments, enable normal electric energy output on online 417 again and can comprise the electric energy that is closed to line 417 momently, then rebulid electric energy with normal level.In certain embodiments, this gating to the electric energy that is fed to utility appliance can take place in response to utility appliance is connected, and no matter whether dormancy of PCD 402 when utility appliance is connected.

At frame 1024, PCD 402 determines whether utility appliance connects.In certain embodiments, PCD402 always physically is not disconnected under the situation utility appliance to be disconnected between the simulation that connects and reconnect (for example use above-mentioned wake event generating 700) and distinguishes connecting new utility appliance and utility appliance.If do not connect utility appliance, then at frame 1026, PCD 402 can not have utility appliance and moves.(utility appliance can after connect.) if utility appliance is connected, then handles 1000 and can be back to frame 1004 to be established to the connection of utility appliance.Handling 1000 can ad infinitum continue, and for example shuts down up to PCD402.

Utility appliance is for example used the above-mentioned event generating 438 of waking, and can use to handle 1000 and wake the PCD that is connected and disconnect without physics.Depend under the situation of PCD as the power supply that is used to wake event generating 438 in utility appliance, utility appliance also can utilize the HibPowerRequest instruction to PCD request dormancy electric energy.Figure 11 is the process flow diagram of processing 1100 that is used to move utility appliance according to the embodiment of the invention.

Handle 1100 and can begin (frame 1102) when being connected to PCD (for example PCD 402) in utility appliance (for example utility appliance 404 of Fig. 4).In certain embodiments, utility appliance 404 can begin to draw the operation electric energy from PCD 402 when being connected.At frame 1104, utility appliance 404 can be set up to the connection of PCD402, and is for example as above described with reference to the frame 1004 of Figure 10.At frame 1106, utility appliance 404 can send the electric energy instruction and continue to provide electric energy with request between rest period at PCD, for example above-mentioned HibPowerRequest instruction.The part that this instruction can be used as the utility appliance sign sends or sends after the utility appliance sign.

At frame 1108, utility appliance 404 can together be moved with PCD 402.As mentioned above, the type of operation can be dependent on concrete utility appliance and PCD.Example comprises that utility appliance 404 receives user's input (for example utility appliance 404 comprises the key-press event under the keyboard situation) and the input that is received is transmitted to PCD 402, reception and demonstration are from media content or other output of PCD 402, reception is from the control signal of the PCD402 function (for example moving camera or microphone) with control utility appliance 404, transmits control signal to PCD 402 with function of control PCD 402 or the like.

At frame 1110, utility appliance 404 can determine whether PCD 402 has sent the signal that it is entering park mode, for example by determining whether PCD 402 has sent above-mentioned HibNotify instruction.If no, then utility appliance 404 can continue together to move with PCD 402 at frame 1108.It is entering park mode if PCD402 has sent signal indicating, and then utility appliance 404 can be waited for user's incoming event at frame 1112.As mentioned above, PCD 402 can continue to provide electric energy to utility appliance between rest period, and utility appliance 404 can use the dormancy electric energy to detect user's incoming event.In certain embodiments, utility appliance 404 can keep the information of PCD 402 positive dormancy, for example by setting up logic high in response to the HibNotify instruction on the PCDHib of Fig. 7 signal path 712.When waiting for user's incoming event, utility appliance 404 can reduce the electric energy operation, for example consumes the electric energy that just is enough to detect user's incoming event.

At frame 1112, utility appliance 404 wait user incoming events are waken PCD 402 with triggering.Depend on utility appliance 404, can be detected as user's incoming event alternately with all kinds of of utility appliance 404.For example, if utility appliance 404 comprises keyboard, then user's incoming event can be associated with the user and pushes any key or user and push to specify and wake key up.If utility appliance 404 comprises the read write line that is used for mobile memory medium (for example storage card, usb driver, CD or the like), then user's incoming event can be associated with the socket that storage medium is inserted into read write line.

In one embodiment, the logics in the controller of utility appliance 404 403 can detect user's incoming event, and on the path 710 of Fig. 7 the UserEvent signal of formation logic high state.Perhaps, can provide independent hardware paths detecting user's incoming event, and drive the UserEvent signal and do not rely on controller 430 to logic high state; In such embodiments, when PCD 402 dormancy, controller 430 can enter low power mode (or not having electric energy).This can reduce the power consumption of PCD utility appliance 404 between rest period.

When detecting user's incoming event, utility appliance 404 can generate wakeup signal and give PCD 402.For example, as shown in Figure 7, when UserEvent and PCDHib signal all are in logic high state, wake the connection that event generating 700 can disconnect and then be closed into pin 612 (6), simulation utility appliance 404 is to the disconnection of PCD 402 and be connected again, and does not need the physics disconnection and be connected.In this embodiment, it just looks like that new utility appliance connects that PCD 402 can respond, and handles 1100 and can turn back to frame 1104 to rebulid the connection of PCD; At this moment, the PCDHib signal on the path 712 of Fig. 7 can turn back to logic low state.

Should recognize that processing described herein is exemplary, variations and modifications are possible.The step that is described as order can be carried out concurrently, and the order of step can change, and step can be modified, merges, adds or ignore.For example wake PCD and needn't comprise simulation utility appliance connection event.In other embodiments, the attachment unit interface between PCD and the utility appliance can be provided for sending the independent pin of waking event signal.

In certain embodiments, the connection that rebulids between PCD and the utility appliance can comprise the electrical energy flows of interruption from PCD to the utility appliance.Although it can be of short duration interrupting, utility appliance may be lost the arbitrary data that is stored in the volatile memory (for example register, RAM or the like).Therefore, for example, if the keyboard docking station 200 of Fig. 2 is utility appliance, then keyboard docking station 200 may not will keep to such an extent that be long enough to send this information to PCD with the information of waking PCD about having pushed which key.If desired, utility appliance can be designed as the information that keeps such.For example, can revise and handle 1100, will arrive non-volatile memory medium about the information stores of user's incoming event (for example which key is pressed) so that utility appliance is generating wakeup signal to before the PCD.Rebulid after the connection, utility appliance can send stored about the information of user's incoming event to PCD.

In certain embodiments, for example as shown in Figure 2, utility appliance can comprise that second interface (being also referred to as " rear port " herein, though do not need specific physical locations) is to allow to connect second utility appliance.In certain embodiments, second utility appliance also can be designed to wake PCD in response to the mutual of the user and second utility appliance, and first utility appliance can be transmitted and wakes event signal and wake realizing for PCD.

More specifically, Figure 12 is the block diagram according to the system 1200 that comprises PCD 402, first utility appliance 1204, second utility appliance 1206 of the embodiment of the invention.

First utility appliance 1204 can usually be similar to the utility appliance 404 among Fig. 4, comprise controller 1230, user input device 1232, power distribution module 1234 and PCD I/O interface 1236, all parts can carry out the corresponding assembly similar operation with the utility appliance 404 of Fig. 4.First utility appliance 1204 also can comprise the rear port 1250 of the utility appliance I/O interface 420 that can simulate PCD 402.Rear port 1250 can comprise utility appliance sensor 1252, and it can be similar to sensor 424 operations of PCD 402.In certain embodiments, power distribution module 1234 can provide electric energy for rear port 1250 via line 1235, the electric energy that receives via PCD I/O interface 1236 for example, and the electric energy that also can receive from rear port 1250 via line 1237.First utility appliance 1206 also can comprise unshowned other assembly of Figure 12, for example medium output device, power port and similar assembly.

Second utility appliance 1206 also can generally be similar to the utility appliance 404 among Fig. 4, comprises controller 1252, power distribution module 1256 and PCD I/O interface 1258, and all component can carry out the corresponding assembly similar operation with the utility appliance 404 of Fig. 4.In this embodiment, second utility appliance 1206 comprises storage medium reader 1254, and it can comprise that socket is to receive mobile memory medium.Various mobile memory mediums be can support, CD (for example CD and/or DVD), storage card (for example SD card), USB flash memory driver or the like comprised.The storage medium reader can be for example in response to reading and/or write the storage medium that is inserted into socket by the instruction from PCD 402 of first utility appliance, 1204 forwardings.

PCD I/O interface 1258 can comprise wakes event generating 1260, and its operation can be similar to the above-mentioned event generating of waking.Second utility appliance 1206 also can comprise unshowned other assembly of Figure 12, for example medium output device, user input device, power port and similar assembly.

Be in operation, in the above described manner, first utility appliance 1204 can ask to receive electric energy from PCD 402 at PCD between rest period, and can be in response to the user interactions of user input device 1232 PCD402 being waken from dormancy, and does not consider whether to exist second utility appliance 1206.

Second utility appliance 1206 also can ask to receive electric energy from PCD 402 at PCD between rest period, and in response to the user interactions of user input device 1254 PCD 402 being waken from dormancy.More specifically, utility appliance 1204 can be instructed to PCD 402 (describing in the U.S. Provisional Patent Application 61/292,619 that the concrete technology of this non-direct communication awaits the reply in above-mentioned reference) via first utility appliance, 1204 transmission HibPowerRequest.In response, PCD 402 configurable power supervisors 416 also can be indicated first utility appliance, 1204 following contents simultaneously so that the dormancy electric energy to be provided, i.e. it should provide the output electric energy during PCD 402 dormancy on its rear port 1250.Power distribution module 1234 in first utility appliance 1204 can be configured in response to this instruction.

When PCD 402 dormancy, if first utility appliance 1204 or second utility appliance 1206 have asked to provide electric energy at PCD between rest period, then power supervisor 416 can provide the dormancy electric energy of being asked to utility appliance I/O interface 420 via line 417.First utility appliance 1204 receives electric energy via PCD I/O interface 1236, and power distribution module 1234 can online 1235 on the route electric energy give rear port 1250 (for example based on whether receive the instruction that the output electric energy is provided between rest period at PCD), therefore allow utility appliance 1206 when PCD 402 dormancy, to receive electric energy.

Second utility appliance 1206 can be waken event generating 1260 with the utility appliance connection event on the rear port 1250 of simulating first utility appliance 1204 by operation, thereby wakes PCD 402, is directly connected to PCD 402 as second utility appliance 1206; This operation can be similar to above-mentioned operation, and first utility appliance 1204 detects the incident of waking (being that utility appliance connects in this example) at sensor 1252 simultaneously.In the PCD I/O interface 1236 wake event generating 1238 can be configured to by generate can detect by the sensor among the PCD 402 424 it wake event signal, respond the event signal of waking, therefore impel PCD 402 from dormancy, to wake by sensor 1252 detections.For example, 1252 pairs of sensors are waken the detection of incident and can be handled as user's incoming event by first utility appliance 1204, and the UserEvent signal on the path 710 of described user's incoming event driving Fig. 7 is to logic high state.In certain embodiments, after PCD 402 woke up, utility appliance 1204 need rebulid their being connected to PCD 402 with 1206 boths.

Should recognize that many auxiliary equipment systems described herein are exemplary, variations and modifications are possible.PCD can be connected to more than two utility appliance, expand the daisy-chain configuration of Figure 12, and any utility appliance that connects PCD can be waken.Specific wake event generating and also can revise; Specific PCD is discernible have been indicated its arbitrary signal that should wake from dormancy can be used as to wake event signal and has used, and receives the utility appliance of waking event signal can transmit this signal and give its PCD interface on rear port.

In addition, some utility appliance can have second interface with PCD/ utility appliance interface difference in functionality.For example, utility appliance can have 3.5 millimeters audio sockets, USB connector and similar devices.In certain embodiments, thus when utility appliance can checkout equipment be connected to second interface and generate in response to the detection to this connection and to wake event signal.

The present invention is described with reference to specific embodiment, is possible but those skilled in the art should recognize multiple modification.For example " PCD " refers generally to have the communication of arbitrary form and/or any portable electric appts of media-playback function; Can incorporate function widely into.Similarly, term " utility appliance " comprises any electronic equipment that can be connected with PCD.

Mentioned " user's incoming event " for example button among some above-mentioned embodiment; Yet detected other incident or condition also can trigger and wake PCD at the utility appliance place.For example, as mentioned above, the incident of waking can detect on the rear port in utility appliance and trigger when the new connection of second utility appliance or mobile memory medium insert read write line.In other embodiments, utility appliance can comprise environmental sensor for example optical sensor, sonic transducer and/or motion sensor, and any the detected specified conditions in these sensors can trigger the incident of waking that generates.Therefore for example, utility appliance can from every side dark to around wake PCD when the conversion of light is arranged.As another example, utility appliance can comprise clock or timer, and it can be programmed or carry out other and is configured to wake PCD at special time or after specified time interval disappears.The detectable any conditioned disjunction environment of utility appliance all can be used for triggering the utility appliance incident of waking PCD.

Utility appliance can be waken PCD in many ways from dormancy.Some above-mentioned examples are mentioned and are disconnected the also connection of closed connector pinout, thereby the simulation utility appliance physically is connected to connector, but PCD any other signal that can receive between rest period and that cause PCD to wake from dormancy also can be as waking event signal.In certain embodiments, PCD can wake from dormancy and needn't interrupt the electric energy transmission of utility appliance.

In addition, above-mentioned some embodiment single dormancy power level of mentioning single park mode and providing or do not provide.Those skilled in the art should recognize that according to instruction of the present invention PCD can have multiple park mode, " shallow sleeping " state for example, wherein display close but other operation (for example audio or video output) can continue, and " sound sleep " state, wherein most of assemblies (comprising Voice ﹠ Video output) are with powered-down.In addition, between rest period, some assemblies are powered-down intermittently.For example the RF receiver can be by electric energy of of short duration supply in each two minutes, to detect incoming call or other communication, if detect such communication then the dormancy end.Under the situation of supporting multiple park mode, PCD can for example inform which kind of park mode will be utility appliance will enter in the useful load of HibNotify instruction.In certain embodiments, PCD optionally be waken or do not waken to utility appliance can according to entering which kind of park mode.

Similarly, PCD can be utility appliance plurality of optional dormancy power level is provided in certain embodiments, and utility appliance can for example specify to provide which kind of dormancy power level in the useful load of HibPowerRequest instruction.Therefore, the dormancy power level of when the PCD dormancy, asking the utility appliance of relative less electrical energy can ask for the normal mode electric energy, to reduce; For example, electric current can be limited at 2 μ A between rest period, rather than the 5mA limit of normal mode or the 100mA in the high power mode.Have among some embodiment of multiple park mode at PCD, utility appliance also can be specified respectively at every kind of park mode, and (if providing) which kind of dormancy power level should be provided.Therefore, for example, utility appliance can ask to receive the dormancy electric energy and quite different at deep sleep at the shallow state of sleeping.

In certain embodiments, utility appliance can be drawn electric energy from the source of non-PCD, and utility appliance can use this electric energy at PCD between rest period, rather than therefore request allows PCD to save its electric energy from the dormancy electric energy of PCD.Therefore, utility appliance can be waken PCD from dormancy, and does not consider whether PCD offers the utility appliance electric energy between rest period.

Embodiments of the invention can utilize the assembly of appointment and/or the combination in any of programmable processor and/or other programmable device to realize.Various processing procedures described herein can realize in the mode with combination in any on the same processor or on the different processors.Therefore, under the situation of described arrangement of components for the execution specific operation, for example, by design electronic circuit executable operations, by programming programmable electronic circuit (for example microprocessor) executable operations or their combination in any, can finish such configuration.Processing procedure can use various technology to communicate, and includes but not limited to the conventional art of interprocedual communication, and different paired processing procedures can use different technology, and perhaps identical right processing procedure can be used different technology in the different time.In addition, though the foregoing description has been mentioned to specific hardware and component software, but those skilled in the art should recognize the described specific operation that also can use the combination of different hardware and/or component software and realize and can realize in software that also vice versa in hardware.

The computer program that has merged the various features of the present invention can be encoded in various computer-readable recording mediums; Suitable medium comprises optical storage media, flash memory and the similar mediums of disk or tape, for example CD (CD) or DVD (Digital video disc).Carrying out calculation of coding machine computer-readable recording medium with program code can pack with the electronic equipment of compatibility, and perhaps program code can provide (for example downloading via the Internet) dividually with electronic equipment.

Therefore, though invention has been described with reference to specific embodiment, should recognize all modifications and the equivalent that the invention is intended to cover in the claims scope.

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1. the method for an operation support device, this method comprises:
Be set up to the connection of portable computing device;
Connect from this portable computing device reception operation electric energy via this;
Notify this portable computing device, utility appliance should receive electric energy from this portable computing device when this portable computing device is in park mode; And
When described portable computing device is in park mode:
Continuation receives the operation electric energy via described connection from described portable computing device;
Detect the utility appliance incident; And
In response to this utility appliance incident, send and wake event signal to described portable computing device,
The wherein said event signal of waking notifies described portable computing device to wake up from described park mode.
2. method according to claim 1, wherein notify portable computing device to wake up from park mode and comprise: generate a signal, the described utility appliance of this signal imitation connects and reconnects to the disconnection of the connector of described portable computing device.
3. method according to claim 1, wherein said utility appliance comprises keyboard, and described detection utility appliance incident comprises and detects user's pushing the button of described keyboard.
4. method according to claim 1, wherein said utility appliance comprises the reader that is used for mobile memory medium, and described detection utility appliance incident comprises that detecting mobile memory medium inserts described reader.
5. method according to claim 1 is wherein notified utility appliance should be when portable computing device is in park mode to receive electric energy from portable computing device and be comprised: specifies in the power level that should offer described utility appliance during the described park mode.
6. method according to claim 1 further comprises: receive the dormancy notice from described portable computing device when described portable computing device enters described park mode.
7. method according to claim 6 further comprises: in response to receiving described dormancy notice, move described utility appliance in the power level that reduces.
8. computer-readable recording medium that comprises programmed instruction, described programmed instruction makes described utility appliance carry out a method when being carried out by the controller of utility appliance, and this method comprises:
Be set up to the connection of portable computing device with multiple park mode;
Connect from described portable computing device reception electric energy via this;
Notify described portable computing device, when described portable computing device was in first park mode in the described multiple park mode, described utility appliance should receive electric energy from described portable computing device; And
When described portable computing device is in described first park mode:
Detect the utility appliance incident; And
In response to this utility appliance incident, signal described portable computing device and wake up from described first park mode.
9. computer-readable recording medium according to claim 8, wherein notice is when portable computing device is in first park mode in the described multiple park mode, and utility appliance should receive electric energy from portable computing device and comprise: first power level that appointment provides when described portable computing device is in described first park mode.
10. computer-readable recording medium according to claim 9, wherein said method further comprises: notify described portable computing device, when described portable computing device is in second park mode in the described multiple park mode, described utility appliance should receive electric energy from described portable computing device, and second power level that provides when described portable computing device is in described second park mode is provided.
11. computer-readable recording medium according to claim 10, wherein said first power level is different power level with described second power level.
12. computer-readable recording medium according to claim 8, wherein said method further comprises: notify described portable computing device, when described portable computing device was in second park mode in the described multiple park mode, described utility appliance should receive electric energy from described portable computing device.
13. a utility appliance comprises:
I/O I/O interface, described I/O interface configuration is for being connected to portable computing device and receiving electric energy from this portable computing device, and described I/O interface comprises wakes event generating; And
Be coupled to the controller of described I/O interface, described controller is configured to:
Send request to described portable computing device and receive electric energy with request described utility appliance when described portable computing device is in park mode;
Receive the notice that the described portable computing device of indication is entering park mode from described portable computing device;
Determine that described portable computing device should wake up from described park mode; And
Should wake up in response to definite described portable set, control the described event generating of waking and generate and to wake event signal.
14. utility appliance according to claim 13, further comprise: user input device, this user input device is configured to user input signal is offered controller, and wherein said controller further is configured to determine and described portable computing device should be waken in response to user input signal.
15. according to the utility appliance of claim 14, wherein said user input device comprises keyboard.
16. utility appliance according to claim 13, further comprise the storage medium socket that is configured to receive mobile memory medium, and wherein said controller further is configured to be inserted into described storage medium socket in response to mobile memory medium, determines described portable computing device to be waken.
17. utility appliance according to claim 13, further comprise second interface, this second interface configuration is for being connected to second utility appliance, and wherein said controller further is configured to determine and described portable computing device should be waken in response to the signal that receives from described second interface.
18. utility appliance according to claim 13, further comprise second interface, this second interface configuration is for being connected to another equipment, and wherein said controller further is configured to be connected to described second interface in response to another equipment of detection, determines and described portable computing device should be waken.
19. utility appliance according to claim 13, wherein said I/O interface comprises the connector with a plurality of pins, first pin in described a plurality of pin is used to detect utility appliance, and the wherein said event generating of waking is configured to disconnect and is closed into being connected of described first pin.
20. a method of operating portable computing device, this method comprises:
Be established to the connection of utility appliance, wherein set up this connection and comprise that the power pins via described portable computing device provides electric energy to described utility appliance;
Determine whether described utility appliance asks the dormancy electric energy; And
Enter park mode, wherein entering described park mode comprises: if described utility appliance request dormancy electric energy then continue to provide electric energy to described utility appliance, and if described utility appliance do not ask the dormancy electric energy then stop to provide electric energy to described utility appliance.
21. the method according to claim 20 further comprises:
When being in described park mode, receive the event signal of waking from described utility appliance; And
In response to the described event signal of waking, be transformed into normal operation mode from described park mode.
22. according to the method for claim 21, wherein be transformed into normal operation mode and comprise: rebulid the connection of described utility appliance from described park mode.
23. according to the method for claim 22, the connection that wherein rebulids utility appliance comprises: via the electric energy of described power pins described utility appliance that gating offers.
24. according to the method for claim 20, wherein continuing provides electric energy to comprise to utility appliance: provide electric energy to described utility appliance in the power level that reduces.
25. a portable computing device comprises:
Processor;
Utility appliance I/O I/O interface, this utility appliance I/O interface is coupled to described processor and is configured to be connected to utility appliance; And
Power supervisor, this power supervisor is configured to electric energy is sent to utility appliance I/O interface ﹠ processor from power supply, this power supervisor further is configured to make described portable computing device to enter park mode and forwards described portable computing device to normal operation mode from described park mode
Wherein, described processor is configured to:
Indicate described power supervisor that electric energy is offered described utility appliance from described power supply via described utility appliance I/O interface; And
Via the request to dormancy electric energy of described utility appliance I/O interface reception from described utility appliance; And
In response to this request, indicate described power supervisor when being in described park mode, to continue electric energy is offered described utility appliance, and
Wherein power supervisor further is configured to after entering described park mode, stops electric energy being offered described utility appliance, unless received the indication that continuation offers electric energy described utility appliance before entering described park mode.
26. portable computing device according to claim 25, wherein said utility appliance I/O interface comprises the utility appliance sensor, this utility appliance sensor configuration is for detecting the connection signal from utility appliance, and wherein said utility appliance sensor further is configured to be under the situation that the connection of utility appliance during the described park mode is detected at described power supervisor, sends and wakes event signal to described power supervisor.
27. portable computing device according to claim 25, wherein said power supervisor further is configured to provide electric energy to described utility appliance in first level when described normal operation mode, and provide electric energy to described utility appliance in second level when being in described park mode, described second level is a reduced levels than described first level.
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